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					Manage Casualty Operations

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Terminal Learning Objective
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Action: Manage the Casualty Operations Program Condition: Given access to AR 25-50, AR 600-8-1, DA Form 1156, and FM 1-0 in a classroom environment. Standard: The students will have met the standard of 70% accuracy, when they have: 1. Defined the principles of casualty operations 2. Defined the use and purpose of forms used in casualty operations 3. Determined the principles of the casualty notification process 4. Identified the purpose and content of letters of sympathy and condolence 5. Identified the responsibilities of each echelon related to casualty operations
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References
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AR 25-50, Preparing and Managing Correspondence AR 600-8-1, Army Casualty Program FM 1-0, Human Resources Doctrine, (FINAL DRAFT)

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Outline
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Principles of casualty operations

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Casualty Feeder Card (DA Form 1156)
Casualty notification process Letters of sympathy and condolence Responsibilities of each echelon

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Casualty Operations Mission
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Record, report, verify, and process casualty information from unit level to HQDA Notify appropriate individuals and provide casualty assistance to the NOK

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Casualty Program Functions
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Casualty reporting Casualty notification Casualty assistance

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Mortuary affairs
Line of duty determination

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Casualty Operations Functions

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Casualty Reporting

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Casualty Defined
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Any person declared lost to his or her organization by having been declared:
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Dead Diseased DUSTWUN
Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown RMC – Returned to Military Control

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Missing* Injured/ILL
Very Seriously Wounded, Injured or Ill (VSI) Seriously Wounded, Injured or Ill (SI) Not Seriously Wounded, Injured or Ill (NSI)

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Missing, MIA, Interned, Captured, Beleaguered, Besieged, Detained 8

Special Interest/Categories
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Unique or bizarre circumstances that may generate media interest Any casualty incident involving persons or special interest
• Active/retired general officers and designees • Bn/Bde or higher level Cdrs in hostile fire areas • Advisory field grade officers in hostile fire areas • Former/present Sergeants Major of the Army • Government official/public figure under Army sponsorship • Returned prisoners of war • Others identified by Director, CMAOC
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Wartime Casualties
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Anyone with knowledge reports via chain of command Unit CDR initiates casualty information flow Use DA Form 1156 (Casualty Feeder Report) Bottom line: Report all casualties on the battlefield (American civilians, other services, Allied forces, and other unit’s soldiers)
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Coordination
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Medical – battalion aid station and medical company to monitor casualty status Logistical – Mortuary affairs collection points, personal effects disposition with Battalion S4, movement of personnel Provost Marshal – Straggler information Investigation Officer – 15-6 investigations Division Safety Office – Friendly fire incidents
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Initial Casualty Reporting Items
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#1 Casualty rpt type #2 Type of casualty

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#3 Casualty status
#4 Report number #7 Personnel Type #8 SSN #9 Name

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#12 Rank/grade (Service members only) #13 Service #14 Unit of assignment #36 Incident date/time #37 Incident place #39 Circumstances #40 Inflicting force (only if hostile related)
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Note: There are 92 possible items of information for a completed casualty report

Types of Casualty Reports
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Initial (INIT)

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Status Change (STACH)
Supplemental (SUPP)

Prognosis or Progress (PROG)
Health and Welfare

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Casualty Status
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Very Seriously Wounded, Injured, or ILL (VSI) Seriously Wounded, Injured, or ILL (SI)

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Not Seriously Injured or ILL (NSI)
Special Interest (SPEINT)

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DCIPS Forward (DCIPS-FWD)
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Intuitively simpler Field deployable casualty reporting software Standardizes casualty reports Produces reports and queries for commanders Unclassified system – data is FOUO

EMail

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Check on Learning
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Outline
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Principles of casualty operations

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Casualty Feeder Card (DA Form 1156)
Casualty notification process Letters of sympathy and condolence Responsibilities of each echelon

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DA Form 1156 (Front)

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DA Form 1156 (Front) Mandatory Fields

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DA Form 1156 (Back) Mandatory Fields

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DA Form 1156 (Back) Authentication

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Check on Learning
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Outline
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Principles of casualty operations

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Casualty Feeder Card (DA Form 1156)
Casualty notification process Letters of sympathy and condolence Responsibilities of each echelon

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DD Form 93 / SGLV

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DD Form 93 (Record of Emergency Data)
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Importance Review/Update

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SGLV 8286 (Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance)

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Casualty Notification
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Line of Succession to Establish NOK

Responsibility of Notification
Manner of Notification Selecting Casualty Notifiers Notification Information Hours of Notification

Do’s and Don’ts for Notification
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Notification Rules
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Notification Timelines (within receipt of INIT)
• Deceased, DUSTWUN, Missing – 4 hours

• Injured or Ill casualties – 2 hours
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Frequent reasons for delays in notification: - Complex and non-traditional families - Distance to PNOK/SNOK location - PNOK/SNOK at work/on vacation

- DD Form 93 info incorrect/missing
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CONUS CACs

LEW LEW

DRU MEA KNO LEE LEO SIL HUA HOO BLI SAM POL CAM/KNO GOR RUC BEN STE JAC MCP BRA DIX MDW BEL EUS

LEV CAR RIL

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OCONUS CACs
HAWAII (Schofield Brks)

ALASKA (Ft. Richardson)

PUERTO RICO (Ft. Buchanan) EUROPE
(1st PERSCOM)

KOREA (8th PERSCOM) KUWAIT (CENTCOM) OKINAWA (10th ASG)

JAPAN (Camp Zama)

Contingency CACs established as needed.

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Casualty Notification Flow
Casualty Occurs Reporting CAC CMAOC

If NOK is in Reporting CAC region

If NOK is not in Reporting CAC region, but in HSCAC region

If NOK is not in Reporting CAC or HSCAC region

Reporting CAC

Home Station CAC

Supporting CAC

Notification of Next of Kin (NOK)

Notification of Next of Kin (NOK)

Notification of Next of Kin (NOK)

Assistance of NOK

Assistance of NOK

Assistance of NOK
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Theater Casualties
Casualty Occurs
Unit (DA FM 1156) BN S1 (Verify) BDE S1 (INIT Rpt)

CMAOC

Contingency CAC

Notification And Assistance Procedures from Previous Slide

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Casualty Assistance
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Assist NOK immediately following a casualty

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Assist in settling survivor benefit claims and survivor benefits
Assist in other personnel-related affairs

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Serve as Army liaison to pass information between the Army and the family

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CAO Packets
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HQDA CAO guide Veterans’ Affairs and Social Security Administration location and numbers Telephone and email addresses of officials who can provide assistance Appendix A, AR 600-8-1 and all required forms

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List of service organizations, including Army Emergency Relief and Red Cross
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) CAO guide

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Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
Guide for surviving family members
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Check on Learning
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Outline
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Principles of casualty operations

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Casualty Feeder Card (DA Form 1156)
Casualty notification process Letters of sympathy and condolence Responsibilities of each echelon

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Letters of Sympathy Description
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Sent to PNOK of deceased Separate letters sent to separated/divorced parents who are PNOK Not sent when NOK is fully aware of casualty circumstances

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Initiator is supervisor or unit commander
• Contingency – field grade commander

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NOK may desire letter from previous commander
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Letters of Sympathy Procedures
When CAC confirms notification of family member, CAC/Deployed G1 forwards letters of sympathy to the NOK.
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CONUS Casualty
• 24 hours after notification

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OCONUS Casualty
• 72 hours after incident or INIT report • Contingency-7 days after incident or INIT report

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Letters of Sympathy Content (Do include)
Content should include:
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Sincere and simple language Answers to usual questions Comfort the NOK
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Did not suffer
Memorial Service/last rites

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Other factual, important details
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Letters of Sympathy Content (Do not include)
Content should NOT include:
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Unfitting compliments and ghastly descriptions Photographs depicting casualties In missing cases, statements to lose hope

Information that conflicts with previous data
Statements about posthumous promotion, decoration or award Predominately military terms and abbreviations Any statements that can be basis for claim
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Letters of Condolence
Primary situations:
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Chain of command (other than immediate commander) wishes to express condolences to NOK
Immediate commander of a DA civilian employee

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Check on Learning
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Outline
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Principles of casualty operations

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Casualty Feeder Card (DA Form 1156)
Casualty notification process Letters of sympathy and condolence Responsibilities of each echelon

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Casualty Flow

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Casualty Liaison Teams (CLTs)
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HR personnel attached to medical facilities and theater mortuary affairs activities
• Mission is to obtain, verify, update and disseminate casualty information

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When deployed, CLTs work directly for the Casualty Operations Division of the HRSC operating the theater CAC and provide support to hospitals and G-1 sections, unless otherwise determined by OPORD. CLTs are resourced from organic personnel
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Agencies at Multiple Echelons
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Battalion S-1 (Para. E-3) Brigade/BCT S-1 (Para. E-4) Division/Corps G-1 (Para. E-5) Human Resources Sustainment Center (HRSC) (Para. E-6) Theater Army Casualty and Records Center (TACREC) (Para. E-7/E-8) Human Resources Command (HRC) Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center (CMAOC) (Para. E-10)

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Check on Learning
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Practical Exercise

“The Light” Case Study
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Terminal Learning Objective
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Action: Manage the Casualty Operations Program Condition: Given access to AR 25-50, AR 600-8-1, DA Form 1156, and FM 1-0 in a classroom environment. Standard: The students will have met the standard of 70% accuracy, when they have: 1. Defined the principles of casualty operations 2. Defined the use and purpose of forms used in casualty operations 3. Determined the principles of the casualty notification process 4. Identified the purpose and content of letters of sympathy and condolence 5. Identified the responsibilities of each echelon related to casualty operations
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